Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Oregon Coast Isn't Flat

I expected that a coastal route would mean that much of the cycling would be flat.  In fact, it is a lot of  up and down with some flat sections.  However, uphill sections usually reward us with a spectacular views of the coast and an exciting downhill ride.

We have seen sea lions and lots of shore birds.  At Pacific City we also spotted surfers out enjoying the waves.  I expect we will encounter more of this species as we head south.

We stopped at the Bike Newport shop.  This bike retail outlet is magnet for touring cyclists like ourselves.  In addition to the usual bikes and accessories they have a lounge, showers and laundry facilities.  When we signed their touring cyclist registry the staff member mentioned that they have seen 3 or 4  couples pass through cycling all the way to Argentina.  That makes our adventure seem a bit less hardcore.

Another touring cyclist we met at Devil's Lake campground recommended we stop at a brew pub in Newport.  It turned out to be Rogue Brewing - one of my favorite brands.  They had a dizzying array of beers to choose from and this turned out to be a major distraction for that day.

We are now taking a day off at the Sunset Bay Campground near Coos Bay, Oregon.

[Karen on a truck weigh scale]

[Oregon Dunes]

[The Coast at Heceta Head Lighthouse]


  1. Oh how I love the Oregon Coast! I've only seen it by car...I'll have to remedy that some day soon~

    I'm living vicariously through you...keep the great posts coming!

  2. I'm glad you made time for a stop at the Rogue Brewery. It looks like the weather is being fairly cooperative for your journey. Some of those storms are so bad they have to close the Yaquina Bay Bridge at Newport to trucks (and probably bikes as they would be lifted into the stratosphere).